HARTFORD, Conn. — Angel McCoughtry scored 25 Saturday to lead Louisville to a 63-47 win over St. John's in the first round of the Big East tournament.
Candyce Bingham added 13 for the No. 7 seed Cardinals, who advanced to play No. 2 seed and fourth-ranked Rutgers in today's quarterfinals.
Monique McLean led St. John's (16-14) with 16 points.
McCoughtry spent much of the game in foul trouble. She hadn't hit a basket since midway through the first half when she came off the bench with her team leading 40-36. She scored her team's next nine, giving the Cardinals a 49-38 advantage with just more than five minutes left.
Louisville (22-8) cruised from there, with McCoughtry scoring 19 of the team's final 23.
The Cardinals led 14-6 early, outscoring St. John's 12-2 in the paint. But McCoughtry, Bingham and Chauntise Wright all picked up two early fouls and had to go to the bench. No. 10 seed St. John's capitalized, going on a 10-1 run to take a 16-15 lead.
PITTSBURGH 69, VILLANOVA 63: Marcedes Walker scored 20 as the Panthers hung on.
Xenia Stewart added 18 for Pitt (21-9), the No. 5 seed, which faces ninth-ranked Notre Dame today.
Laura Kurz had 23 for Villanova (15-15), the 12th seed.
The Panthers led 41-22 just more than a minute into the second half, but the Wildcats found Kurz several times cutting to the basket from the high post, and trailed by just four when she made a 3-point play late.
Villanova was down 65-58 with 38 seconds left when Lisa Karcic planted for a wide-open layup, but collapsed to the floor as her right knee buckled. She had hyperextended the same knee in the first half.
Walker hit her first four shots as Pitt jumped out early 17-10. The Panthers used an 11-0 run to build a 30-15 lead and led 37-22 at the half.
DePAUL 73, MARQUETTE 69: Allie Quigley scored 27 in only 26 minutes to lead the Blue Demons to their 20th win of the season.
Felicia Chester added 15 points and Deirdre Naughton 14 for the Blue Demons (20-10). After No. 8 Marquette (16-14) got within one, Quigley hit a jumper with 1:19 left to make it 71-68.
DePaul, the No. 9 seed, advanced to face top-ranked Connecticut in today's quarterfinals. The Blue Demons nearly upset the Huskies on March 1, squandering a 17-point lead in a 77-76 loss at home.